SCHOOLS are replacing conventional clocks with digital ones, to help pupils in exams.
Teachers have revealed that many students struggle to tell the time on analogue clocks (those with hands) and worry that this could cause more exam stress.
They say rather than their GCSE and A-level students losing precious time trying to work out how many minutes they have left and perhaps even getting it wrong, they’d rather introduce digital clocks that make it clear. Malcolm Trobe, a former headmaster, said: “There is actually a big advantage in using digital clocks in exam rooms because it is much less easy to mistake a digital clock when you are working against time.”
Young people still need to learn how to tell the time in school by the age of six, but teachers are becoming increasingly aware of pupils finding it difficult to read clock faces. This is thought to be largely down to the digital world we now live in, where we read the time on our smartphones and computers.
The idea that analogue clocks are being replaced by digital ones has sparked a debate among some people. Does it mean we could soon see analogue clocks disappearing altogether?
Can you tell the time on a clock with hands?